A surprising target
Stafford fakes the running game and goes out of the pocket to the left before throwing briefly at Kendall Blanton. The Rams’ third tight end is left completely alone and can easily run half-left into the end zone. Gay’s kick also hits the spot. 0:10! How are the Bucs reacting?
Defense trash talk!
Ndamukong Suh nearly sacks Stafford and throws himself at the quarterback. He then kicks out while falling, which really enrages the defensive lineman. The umpires interpret this as taunting and punish the defense for the second time in this drive.
Progress by Flag
Pass interference from Jamel Dean puts the Rams ahead despite being on their third try. Tampa Bay cannot afford such mistakes.
Three and out!
No chance for the Bucs! With Fournette they want to keep investing in the running game, but again the running back is blocked early on. Brady then throws the started Gronkowski over before the 43-year-old is disturbed during the third attempt, which is why he throws uncontrollably on the ground. The Rams’ offense is allowed to run again!
First points for the Rams
Three attempts are not enough for the Rams when it comes to the touchdown. Finally, wide receiver Van Jefferson is thrown over on the outside right. Matt Gay is allowed to play from a short distance and kicks the ball between the posts. 0:3!
To the red zone!
A flag on Brian Allen earns a 10-yard penalty, but the Rams won’t stop! Akers, Kupp, Odell Beckham Junior and Higbee present themselves as reliable offensive forces against a battered Bucs defense! Now they are in the red zone!
Playoff Lenny returns
The Rams can stop Fournette’s third run after two yards. On the second attempt, Brady throws to the outside, but his receiver can only catch the thing on the side. On the third try, Brady’s receiver drops the ball and Matthew Stafford’s offense enters the field!
Fournette is back
The Bucs let the ball run twice at the beginning. Leonard Fournette grabs the leather and carries it straight for two new first downs. He already has more yards than Tampa Bay’s leading runaway in the first game between these two teams, and it’s the running back’s first rush in over a month!
Kick off the Rams!
Matt Gay will kick off the Rams. Jaelon Darden catches the egg and runs to the 15-yard line. This is Tom Brady and his offense coming onto the field for the first time!
The table is set!
Both teams stormed the field. It will not be long!
Revenge for the Bucs?
The Rams and Buccaneers met in September. The Rams won 34-24 in front of 73,000 spectators at SoFi Stadium. Back then, the Bucs just couldn’t establish their running game, allowing the Rams to pull away in the second and third quarters. Since then, however, the Bucs have improved again and are now looking for revenge.
Good day Mr Stafford!
dominance in California
The Los Angeles Rams were also able to pull off a dominant performance last week. Matthew Stafford kept leading his team down the field while the defense only allowed a single touchdown. The Rams won even more clearly than Tampa Bay with 34:11 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Two of Wild Card Weekend’s most dominant teams clash today in Tampa. Tom Brady and his team gave the Philadelphia Eagles almost no chance last week. Although Tom Brady was in a good mood, it was primarily the defense that was convincing. With constant pressure, they pulled the tooth from Jalen Hurt, so that the franchise from Philadelphia only made it onto the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. At this point, the Buccaneeers were already leading 31-0. It will take a similar performance today to win against the Rams.
Welcome to the NFL Playoffs
After the start last weekend, it’s now time for the divisional playoffs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams at 9 p.m. Sunday night. We report live in the ticker!